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The Deathless

Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: Deathless, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
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From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand-new series.

The demons....

In the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the infernal tide. Creatures lurk within the trees, watching, and plucking those who stray too far from safety.

The Deathless....

In crystal castles held aloft on magical currents, seven timeless royal families reign, protecting humanity from the spread of the Wild and its demons. Born and reborn into flawless bodies, the Deathless are as immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names. For generations a fragile balance has held.

And the damned....

House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and madness. Whole villages are disappearing as the hunting expeditions holding the Wild at bay begin to fail.

Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.

Nothing lasts forever.

The Deathless is the first in an astonishing new series from Gemmell Award-winning author Peter Newman.

©2018 Peter Newman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Vagrant: "For fans of classic science-fiction literature, this is a must-read." (SciFi Now)

"Come visit this brilliantly imaginative land of winged swords and broken solar cells." (SFX)

"The Vagrant is a joy to read: an original and engrossing world, a strong story and a protagonist who is intensely charismatic despite - or because of - his silence. Newman’s debut is written with confidence, flair and imagination, bringing his dark world to marvellously macabre life." (Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series)

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  • Karen
  • 06-22-18

Promising start, great story, medicore narration

Having loved Peter Newmans Vagrant series. I couldn't wait to give this new one a listen.

It does seem to be, a tad more conventional storywise, than his previous Vagrant series. But the story still sucked me in.

There are, some similarities to his previous books, and once again his wonderful imagination has created some wickedly interesting, beasties and demons who all inhabit his world of Immortals, "The Deathless"
The Deathless reside in skycastles and play caretakers to the rest of humanity who eek out a living in settlements close to the God Road they are reliant upon The Deathless to keep them safe by keeping the demons at bay.

Great start to the series can't wait to see what direction it goes in.

Narration though I did struggle with. General story telling was fine, though there were few times I had to rewind as I didn't find her voice very engaging and had lost track of what was going on, this got better further into the story, guess I was getting used to her. Her character dialect parts were not the best. she made most of the characters sound as though they where whiney which got tedious, or they reminded of Pam Ayres! and that was pretty much how it was for all the characters little to differentiate between them Skyborn = whiney, the rest where Pam.

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  • Brad Koehler
  • 05-28-19

Another excellent tale from Newman

Wow this guy, what a writer another fascinating world to be brought into full of horror and mystery. If you liked The Vagrant and The Malice you'll love this too.

The narrator left a little to be desired, there was not much variation in voice between a lot of the characters and it took me a while to get comfortable listening, that being said once you are swept up in the story it becomes less noticeable.

overall an excellent listen, I would certainly recommend

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  • Mr. Eric D. Fehr
  • 05-12-19

Decent work let down by narration

The narrator's voice is pleasant and clear enough, but the dialogue in the book is very hard to follow as she has one "voice" and uses it for all characters, regardless of sex etc. Very, very difficult to track who is talking in conversations that switch back and forth every sentence or two.

The story itself is decently enjoyable.